Notebook, Round 2: Montreal Championship

July 03, 2010
PGA TOUR staff

Weather: Sunny with high temperatures in the mid-80s and winds from the SW at 15-25 mph.

Round 2 Leaderboard --1--John Cook (-12); 2--Russ Cochran (-11); T3--Fred Couples (-9), David Frost (-9), James Mason (-9), Larry Mize (-9), Corey Pavin (-9), Peter Senior (-9), Craig Stadler (-9), D.A. Weibring (-9).

John Cook's second consecutive 66 today gives him a one-stroke lead over Russ Cochran after 36 holes of the inaugural Montreal Championship. Cook came into this week's event having played on Monday in the Pine Valley Pro-Member event and he's missed just two greens in regulation and made only one bogey through his first 36 holes at Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau.

• Here's a look at the final grouping tomorrow:

Player John Cook Russ Cochran Craig Stadler
Last Win 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship 1991 Centel Western Open on the PGA TOUR (seeking first victory in 369 combined TOUR events (PGA, Nationwide, Champions) 2004 SAS Championship (seeking first victory in 119 Champions Tour starts)
Best 2010 Finish (stroke play event) 2nd--playoff loss to Bernhard Langer at the Allianz Championship 3rd--Cap Cana Championship T10--Cap Cana Championship
LastTime in Final Group 2009 Charles Schwab Cup Championship at the end of the official season 2010 Dick's Sporting Goods Open last week (T17) 2007 Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Fla. (T15)
2010 Top-10s 4 3 including a T5 in his last start at The Principal Charity Classic 1
Champions Tour Wins 4 0, best finishes are 2nd at last year's Charles Schwab Cup Championship & T2 at last year's Greater Hickory Classic at Rock Barn 8
PGA TOUR wins 11, including the 1983 Canadian Open 1--1991 Centel Western Open 13
Did You Know? Bidding to become the first player ever to win both a Canadian Open and a Champions Tour event in Canada. Seeking to become the first left-hander to win on the Champions Tour since Bob Charles at the 1996 Hyatt Regency Kaanapali Classic. Best career finish in the RBC Canadian Open on the PGA TOUR was a T4 in 1993.

• D.A. Weibring's bogey-free, 9-under-par 63 included nine 3s on the scorecard and was a course record at Club de Golf Le Fontainebleau. The round also matched Weibring's career-low score on the Champions Tour. Weibring has now shot 63 four times, most recently at the 2008 SAS Championship. His 6-under-par 30 on his first nine today (back nine) was the 15 th 30 shot on the Champions Tour in 2010. The round vaulted Weibring up 57 spots into a T3, the biggest move by any player in the field in Round 2.

• Thus far on the 2010 Champions Tour, Saturday leaders/co-leaders have won seven of the 12 official events played. John Cook's record on the Champions Tour when leading on Saturday is 1 for 2. He led last year's season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship after three rounds and went on to win by five strokes. Cook also led the 2008 Senior British Open Championship at Royal Troon after three rounds but lost out to Bruce Vaughan in a playoff in Scotland.

• Tomorrow's winner will earn 270 Charles Schwab Cup points as well as a check for $270,000. Fred Couples leads the 2010 Schwab Cup race with 1,367 points and Tom Lehman is second with 1,095 points. Tournament leader John Cook is currently 10 th in the standings with 457 points and can move up into the top five with a victory tomorrow. At the end of the official season, the player with the most Schwab Cup points will earn a $1 million payout.

• The field averaged 70.221 for Round 2 compared to 69.808 for the first round. There were 31 rounds below 70 today compared to 36 yesterday. Through 36 holes, 64 players are under par and 16 players have two rounds in the 60s.

• There were nine eagles made today with Tom Kite (No. 16) and Bob Tway (No. 18) holing shots from the fairway on par-4 holes. Fred Couples is the only player with a pair of eagles, having made 3 on the par-5 7 th hole in each of the first two rounds.

• The most difficult hole for the first two rounds is the par-4 15 th (4.245), yielding just 13 total birdies. The easiest hole was the par-5 7 th (4.277), yielding 10 total eagles and 94 birdies.

• One day after Lonnie Nielsen made five straight birdies, Dan Forsman became the first player to reel off five straight birdies (Nos. 7-11) twice this year, the best birdie streak of the season. Tom Watson had five birdies in a row in the second round of the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship. Forsman tied the mark at the ACE Group Classic and was followed by Tommy Armour III (Allianz Championship) and Fred Couples (Cap Cana Championship).

• Corey Pavin is the only player in the field without a bogey over the first 36 holes...Russ Cochran has made the most birdies (15)...Scott Simpson has hit all 28 fairways in the first two rounds...John Cook and David Frost have both missed just two greens in regulation over the first 36 holes...Russ Cochran has averaged just 25 putts in the first two rounds.

Dave Rummells, an open qualifier this week, was disqualified after discovering that his putter grip was non-conforming.

• The two players in the field from the province of Quebec will play together in the final round. Yvan Beauchemin (-3) and Daniel Talbot (-3) will be joined by Olin Browne (-3) in the 11:05 a.m. grouping off of No. 10 tee.